We are pleased to announce that physicist Lawrence Krauss will give a 90 min. interactive lecture to the YBC students on Friday morning, 5 June, followed by a reception for teachers and students. The lecture will cover aspects of general relativity, the origin and expansion of the universe and dark matter.
Professor Krauss is an internationally known theoretical physicist with wide research interests, including the interface between elementary particle physics and cosmology, where his studies include the early universe, the nature of dark matter, general relativity and neutrino astrophysics. He has long been an advocate of the public understanding of science and improving the quality of science education at all levels.
After receiving his Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows and then the faculty of the Physics and Astronomy departments at Yale University. From 1993-05 he served as the Chairman of the Physics department at Case Western Reserve University. In 2008 Krauss took up a new post as Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University. Krauss is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Prof. Krauss is the author of over 250 scientific publications, as well as numerous popular articles on physics and astronomy and has also received numerous awards for his research and writing. In his recent Scientific American article (March 2008) The End of Cosmology? he reflects on the ultimate fate of the universe many billions of years into the future. Below is a link to this article (it’s only 8 pages) and students might want to read it before the lecture.
His popular books include Hiding in the Mirror (2005), Atom: An Odyssey from the Big Bang to Life on Earth...and Beyond (2001), The Physics of Star Trek (1995) and The Fifth Essence: The Search for Dark Matter in the Universe (1989).